When narrowing occurs in the main arteries that flow to the brain, the condition is called “carotid artery disease”. This can increase a person’s risk of having a stroke, however, most people are unaware that they might have it!
Carotid duplex ultrasound, or an ultrasound of the carotid artery, is a simple and painless test performed in our office that easily detects carotid artery disease.
Treating carotid artery disease is focused on preventing a stroke, or if you have had a stroke, preventing any further strokes. Lifestyle changes are key in this battle. Sometimes medications are needed as well. Surgeries or stenting may be needed in certain people.
Carotid stenting is a minimally invasive procedure for certain appropriate people with carotid disease. A small metal mesh tube, or “stent”, is placed in the artery to prop it open.
Discuss with one of our cardiologists to see if you are at risk for carotid artery disease.